President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that they believe the U.S. nuclear arsenal should be maintained to protect its allies in Europe and elsewhere, and warned that if a North Korean threat arises that threatens the region, “we would be able to react militarily.”
Trump said the U,S.
should use “the force” that is available, but noted that there are options in the arsenal to deal with threats to the U-2 spy plane.
“We are going to be using the force that we have, and if it’s necessary to respond to that threat, we would do so militarily,” Trump said.
“The force is so strong, it would be terrific if we could do that.
But that’s up to the president.”
In a statement, Biden said: “In the face of North Korea’s provocative actions, we will be ready to act militarily to defend the United States, its allies and partners in the region.”
Biden added: “We have the tools and the capacity to defend ourselves and our allies, but we must do so in a way that does not create the conditions for a nuclear exchange that could lead to the end of the world.”
The statement comes after the Pentagon on Tuesday warned that Pyongyang could use its nuclear weapons to attack the U